April 10, 2010

Bacteria, Mold and Yeast, Oh My

1 Inferior Produce Sold in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Shoppers in impoverished neighborhoods are more likely to find bacteria, mold and yeast in their packaged salads, fruits and vegetables than shoppers in higher-income neighborhoods, found researchers who compared produce in six Philadelphia-area communities. Study co-author Jennifer Quinlan, professor of nutrition and biology at Drexel University, said, “Food deteriorates when there is microbial growth.” Quinlan explained that foods with higher bacteria counts have been associated with food-borne illnesses and said that much of the produce available in poorer neighborhoods is sold in smaller stores that don’t necessarily have the facilities to handle it in the safest way. The study appears in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Bacteria, Mold, Yeast, Produce, Fruit, Vegetables, Tainted Produce, Drexel University, Jennifer Quinlan, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Where to Find Best Produce, Poor Quality Food

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Concerns About Safety

2 Herbal Supplements Not Useful Against Anxiety

Herbal supplements St. John’s wort, valerian and kava extract have not been shown to have an effect on symptoms of anxiety, according to a review that focused on drugs used to treat the illness. The data was compiled by Kimberly Zoberi, M.D., Saint Louis University School of Medicine, who not only debunked the popular opinion that these supplements are beneficial for fighting anxiety and depression, but raised concerns about the use of valerian, a supplement that has not been widely studied. Zoberi, who also compared different prescription drugs used to fight anxiety, found that medications from the anti-convulsant class of drugs, as opposed to SSRIs, had the lowest side effects for patients. Findings were published in the Journal of Family Practice.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Anxiety, Depression, St. John’Wortrt, Valerian, Kava Extract, Herbal Supplements, SSRIs, Medication, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Kimberly Zoberi

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